EMS added to Federal Health IT Strategic Plan
Posted by on 01 November 2015 11:00 AM

The Federal Health Information Technology Strategic Plan for 2015-2020 includes EMS as a recognized “health care provider.”  Having EMS recognized in the HIT Strategic Plan paves the way for EMS data to be integrated with other healthcare data sources i.e. hospitals.  (see pages 16 and 30 and Goal 3 on page 41 of the attached document.)  

A fully functional U.S. health system must be a technologically that facilitates the movement of electronic information.  Health IT availability and use among providers that were not eligible for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs lags behind those providers that were eligible for the programs.  These providers, including behavioral health, emergency medical services (EMS), long-term and post-acute care, play an integral role in helping to keep individuals healthy and have numerous situations that necessitate collaboration and sharing of information with the greater health community.

For example, EMS practitioners provide stabilizing care and transportation services; having access to a patient’s salient clinical information as a first responder can improve patient health and safety.  Access to linked outcomes data from hospitals can help EMS systems measure performance, improve their provision of care, and provide timely feedback to providers.  Behavioral health, long-term and post-acute care settings require access to a patient’s information to ensure continuity in care services and prevent adverse events, such as medication allergies or errors, from occurring.  Public health entities and clinical settings need bi-directional interfaces.  These will enable unencumbered provider reporting to public health entities and allow seamless feedback and decision support from public health to clinical providers relevant to chronic health and emergent threats.

 federal health it strategic plan final 9-21-15.pdf (1.77 MB)
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